Serviceable places are those that provide the basic services of life within walking distance, so that driving is a choice, not a necessary act of survival. Serviceable places also have places for the people that serve you, like firefighters, police, and teachers, either somewhere in the neighborhood or in nearby neighborhoods so that their daily commute can be a walk or a bike ride if they choose, rather than the 50-mile drive they currently have to endure in many increasingly unaffordable places across the country. This Next-Generation Housing in these Next-Generation Neighborhoods answer the question of “where will your kids be able to afford a home when they get out of college?”

The New Urbanism has been working for over a quarter-century to figure out how to make places serviceable. They have developed a wealth of techniques to deliver all of the basic necessities of life within walking distance; the largest remaining challenge is figuring out how to provide affordable homes for the people that are serving you those basic services.


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Serviceable Places Resources

Serviceable Places Bookshelf contains a growing collection of books that contribute to various aspects of serviceable places.


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Serviceable Places Blog Posts

The Necessity of Hope examines how neighborhood retail can thrive in places retail experts don't predict, and takes a hard look at how retail guidelines can be poison to neighborhood business because they destroy the hope of success.

The Bed & Breakfast Benefit shows how much money can be saved by having a bed & breakfast in each neighborhood.

Retirement vs. the Pursuit of Meaning highlights advantages accessible places have in attracting millions of Baby Boomers who are choosing second and third careers instead of retirement.

The Importance of On-Street Parking clarifies the enormous difference in environmental impact based on where we park cars.

The EPA and the Ultimate Betrayal tells the sordid story of the Kansas City EPA office and its move to a sprawling suburban place much less accessible, serviceable, or securable.

The Coming Golden Age of Great Necessities explores ways in which apparent oncoming times of scarcity can actually teach us to live more sustainably.

The Web of Daily Life is an important self-diagnosis we all should do before parts of our Web of Daily Life get clipped.

The Green Academy - Or Not is a report card on today's architectural education measured by Original Green foundations.

The Gizmo Green Conundrum pits an icon of Gizmo Green (a Chicago parking deck promoting itself as being green) against the eight foundations of the Original Green.

Neighborhood Schools show how a necessity of life can be built into a neighborhood… but only if we abandon certain rules.

Earth Day - A Symptom of Our Disease? takes a critical look at our habit of pledging allegiance to sustainability one day out of the year, but for getting the basics (like Serviceable Places) for the rest of the year.

China Car Sales Overtake US examines the implications of China's ballooning demand for cars on fuel prices, and how places that are accessible and serviceable stand to gain as car-dependent places become much more expensive to get around.

LEED for Homes Awards - or - How To Shoot Yourself in the Foot measures award-winning homes against the foundation principles of the Original Green.

Original Green Places - South Main examines a Colorado community through the lenses of Original Green foundations.

the WalMart Sustainability Index measures WalMart's new standard against the foundations of the Original Green.

After Earth Day - What Next? What Can I Do? is the top ten things we each can do to be more sustainable, and includes living where you can walk to the grocery, because if you can, you'll be able to walk to other services as well.

Tiny Places - Mike & Patty's shows how neighborhoods are much better-served by many small shops you can walk to than a few huge establishments.

Why This Retail Glut? looks at how today's oversupply of shopping malls and strip centers prevent almost all of us from walking to get our daily services, like you would do in a serviceable neighborhood.

Parks and Sustainable Places illustrate several ways parks contribute to the serviceability of a neighborhood, both with programmed activites within the park, and by fostering walkability to outside services as well.

Porches, Walkability, and Sustainability looks at how the elements of the Private Frontage enhance walkability, which is an essential component of a serviceable place.

Diagramming the Original Green shows the relationship between the foundations of sustainable places and sustainable buildings.

New Urbanism and the Meltdown tells why New Urbanist places will continue to fare better post-Meltdown than suburban sprawl. One of the reasons is because you can walk to buy daily necessities and services in your neighborhood.

Gated Subdivisions are not sustainable in large part because they are almost always too small to be serviceable.


Serviceable Places on OGTV

Great Sidewalk Cafés looks at the width needed for a vibrant café streetscape.

One Meal of Groceries shows the advantages of living in a highly serviceable place where you can walk to the grocery.

Neighborhood Grocery demonstrates how small a grocery can really be.


Serviceable Places Albums

Markets illustrates a number of city market buildings and spaces.

Sidewalk Comfort shows how sidewalk cafés in a hot and humid climate can be comfortable.


Serviceable Places Presentations

All presentations entitled "Original Green" on the Presentations page deal with all eight foundations of sustainability, including serviceable places.

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